The Festival films are broken up into several categories. By far the largest category is "New Docs." This category features a wide array of documentaries, from the drama of the discriminatory laws against Palestinians in "The Law in These Parts" to an experimental short film about an Israeli soccer fan's obsession in "Sivan." Six of the 57 new documentaries will make their world premier at Full Frame, 13 will be North American premiers and 4 are US premiers. "Thematic Program" is another category on the Festival lineup. Every year Full Frame invites a nationally recognized documentary filmmaker to curate the series. This year Ross McElwee curates the program called "Family Affairs." It features 10 selections that explore family dynamics.
Full Frame also honors a documentary filmmaker every year and their films are put in the "Career Award" category. This year the Festival will honor Stanley Nelson and each day one of his films will be shown. Finally there's the "Invited" category that usually contains a variety of documentaries that don't fit into the first three categories.
After the movie is over, don't leave! My favorite part of Full Frame is getting to hear from the filmmakers themselves. Nearly every film has a representative in attendance. After the film they talk briefly about the experience of making of the documentary and then answer questions from the audience. It's truly insightful and educational to sit through these sessions.
The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is one of the highlights of my year. Not only to you get to see some interesting movie you won't see at the mall multiplex or on Netfix, you get to meet people from around the world. If you've never been, give it a try. Start small, pick one or two movies and see what it's all about.